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The Philippines are most popular during the dry season, between November and April. At this time the country is fully accessible, including its many beautiful islands and more remote areas. Temperatures are high during March and April, so it’s best to travel during the cooler months of December to February. The wet season falls between May and October, but the rain isn’t constant and rarely impacts on travel plans. You’ll still enjoy hot, sunny days at this time, fewer crowds and lush, green scenery. The shoulder months of May and November can represent good value for money – you’ll miss the crowds, the weather’s still pleasant and flights will be cheaper than during the high season. The weather can be unpredictable in the Philippines, and typhoons can sometimes occur as early as August or as late as January.

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Month-by-month guide to travelling in the Philippines

Rice terraces near Hapao, Ifugao Province, Luzon

Visiting the Philippines in January

The month of January is an excellent time to travel to the Philippines, as temperatures are cooler without being too cold. It is also the height of the dry season, so rain should be minimal.


Events & Festivals

  • Ati-Atihan (usually second week of January): Arguably the biggest festival in the country, taking place in Kalibo, Aklan province. Street dancing and wild costumes help celebrate an ancient land pact between settlers and indigenous Atis.
  • Dinagyang (fourth week of January): A relatively modern festival based on the Ati-Atihan Festival and including a parade on the Iloilo River.
  • Feast of the Black Nazarene (9th January): Devotees gather in the plaza outside Quiapo Church in Manila to touch The Black Nazarene - a life-size iconic statue of Christ, which is carried through the streets by a barefooted procession. Read more »
  • Sinulog (third Sunday in January): Cebu City's biggest annual event, held in honour of the Santo Niño (an image of Jesus as a child), featuring a huge street parade, live music, and plenty of food and drink. Read more »


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Philippines Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Banaue 24°C 45mm 25°C 27mm 26°C 78mm 27°C 129mm 27°C 231mm 26°C 249mm 25°C 326mm 25°C 376mm 25°C 315mm 25°C 255mm 25°C 266mm 24°C 114mm
Bohol & Panglao Island 30°C 133mm 30°C 99mm 31°C 92mm 32°C 70mm 33°C 99mm 32°C 159mm 32°C 142mm 32°C 128mm 32°C 139mm 32°C 197mm 31°C 222mm 31°C 151mm
Boracay 29°C 152mm 30°C 74mm 31°C 51mm 32°C 67mm 33°C 264mm 32°C 334mm 31°C 614mm 31°C 506mm 31°C 440mm 31°C 448mm 30°C 387mm 29°C 253mm
Cebu 30°C 104mm 30°C 80mm 31°C 59mm 33°C 65mm 33°C 115mm 32°C 175mm 32°C 191mm 32°C 162mm 32°C 174mm 32°C 193mm 31°C 166mm 31°C 122mm
Manila 30°C 16mm 31°C 7mm 32°C 11mm 34°C 23mm 34°C 124mm 32°C 268mm 31°C 387mm 31°C 431mm 31°C 335mm 31°C 192mm 31°C 133mm 30°C 64mm
Palawan 31°C 41mm 31°C 21mm 32°C 35mm 33°C 46mm 32°C 153mm 31°C 175mm 31°C 192mm 31°C 197mm 30°C 203mm 31°C 227mm 31°C 234mm 31°C 165mm
Southern Luzon 27°C 46mm 28°C 24mm 29°C 30mm 31°C 50mm 30°C 199mm 29°C 293mm 28°C 446mm 27°C 451mm 28°C 356mm 28°C 240mm 28°C 203mm 27°C 128mm

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring the Philippines

Vegetables being grown in terraces, Benguet, Luzon
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Alex views the rice terraces of Batad on the island of Luzon, the Philippines

February is a wonderful time to visit the Philippines as the rainy season has long since passed and the slightly cooler temperatures make it easier to fully explore.

Alex, Southeast Asia Specialist
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